Saturday, May 1, 2010

CIA Coup?

At the center of the short history of Kennedy’s thousand days is his aversion to war, which began with the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis. He was determined to end the Cold War by reaching rapprochements with Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro, and he made courageous moves in that direction. These moves met with bitter opposition from the CIA, the Pentagon, and military-industrial leaders. They were determined to win the Cold War by a nuclear first strike, and saw Kennedy as treasonous. They stubbornly resisted his directives, and when he decided to pull US troops from Vietnam, end the isolation of Cuba, and work with Khrushchev for disarmament, a network of CIA operatives assassinated him. Washington closed ranks to lay it all at the feet of Lee Harvey Oswald. Kennedy had foreseen his end. Early on he observed that he might survive one or two Bays of Pigs, but not a third.-Book Review: “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters”

Deep Politics And The Death of JFK


  1. 1) JFK wasn't that great.

    2) He was killed by LHO.

    3) Wouldn't LBJ have more to gain than the CIA?

  2. 1: What's your point? Some of the worst Presidents (Lincoln) were "great". So? If JFK was moving toward peace and that didn't please the national security state, then he was on the side of the people, and not just the American people, but the whole world.

    2: One can believe Oswald pulled the trigger and still believe he wasn't acting alone. Again, what's your point? And just who was Lee Harvey Oswald?

    3: "I will smash the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds."
    - John F. Kennedy

    That's what JFK reportedly said after the Bay of Pigs disaster.

    I'm not one for conspiracy theories, and I still think Oswald could have acted alone, but there is enough reason for doubt that I remain open to other possibilities.

  3. Possible, sure. I just don't find it likely. I find it more likely that Oswald acted on behalf of Communist interests (likely his own miguided vision) than those of America or the CIA.


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